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Cary completes three major road-widening projects

Posted August 28, 2008

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— Town officials opened improved stretches of three major roads in a virtual ribbon-cutting ceremony posted on the town's Web site.

The projects widened Tryon Road, between Kildaire Farm and Piney Plains roads; Evans Road, between Northwest Maynard Road and Thorpe Drive; and Southwest Maynard Road, between Kildaire Farm and West Chatham Street.

"These were three very significant projects to have underway at the same time, and we really appreciate the support of adjacent citizens and the traveling public as we worked hard and fast to get these projects completed," said Tim Bailey, the town's engineering director.

The improvements to the state-owned roadways cost the town $25 million, but residents will get their money's worth, officials said.

"Cary has a history of doing what it takes to keep our citizens' quality of life high, and sometimes, this means spending local tax dollars to improve infrastructure that's technically the responsibility of another governmental entity," Bailey said.

With the $8.9 million project, Tryon Road is at least four lanes wide within Cary's town limits. Tryon was converted from a two-rural road to a median-divided urban street in response to increased traffic and congestion.

The project began in winter 2006 and included widening outer lanes for cyclists and constructing sidewalks.

Evans Road has been widened to five lanes, with more space for bicyclists and sidewalks on both sides of the road. Pedestrian signals and islands ere added at Dynasty Road.

Construction began in spring 2007 and cost $6.3 million.

The completion of the Maynard widening project creates a four-lane loop around Cary. Begun in the spring of 2007, the $11.6 million road project added sidewalks, crossing signals, drainage structures, and a traffic signal at Kilmayne Drive.

The project also rehabilitated about 2,000 feet of an unnamed protected tributary to Swift Creek were also rehabilitated.

"Whether walking, biking or driving, these corridors are very important for the tens of thousands of Cary citizens who use them every day," Bailey said.

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  • joeyv110273 Aug 28, 2008

    It's great to see Cary is keeping up with population boom in the surrounding area. Now let's get that 2 lane each way expansion for Davis Drive from Morrisville Parkway up to 40 done too:(

  • boxermom Aug 28, 2008

    I live off Tryon Rd. before Hollysprings Rd and work at Tryon and Kildaire. It would take 15 min to go 3 miles. Thank you for staying on schedule I love my 3 min. drive to work now.

  • Anne N Aug 28, 2008

    Damn_Yankee - You sound so familiar to me in your post...I think we may have meant before : -)

  • IzzMad2016 Aug 28, 2008

    jesmyopinion : I agree with you about the speed limit on Maynard Road. 35 is almost impossible to adhere to on the downhill portions. It's such a wide open road I don't understand why it isn't 45 like a lot of Maynard is. I guess a good speed trap is hard to come by and PD's don't like to give up a good cash cow.

  • SS67 Aug 28, 2008

    At least they have sidewalks

  • Damn_Yankee Aug 28, 2008

    The road widenings were needed, no doubt. But why do they have to look like they are worn out from the day that the last orange cone is picked up? Are NC road builders incapable of producing one that's level and attractive? Up north (sorry Southerners, but it's true), a finished road is as smooth as glass (usually) and they are rushed due the short construction season. Maybe some better training is in order. And what's the deal with all that filthy black oil that's spread for miles during and after construction? None of that hideous stuff up appears on northern roads either.

  • I guess I will just type this Aug 28, 2008

    Where does the money for these projects come from, cary taxes and cary taxes alone? I'd hate to think county/state money is used for this, and these are the only projects that they can complete in a timely manner. If it's just Cary money, great, more power to them; if not, what the heck is going on w/ other road projects; a good example would be the 540 beltline, southern part "converted" to toll? Gimme a break...

  • jse830fcnawa030klgmvnnaw+ Aug 28, 2008

    "The projects on Tryon, Evans and Maynard roads cost the town $25 million and completed a four-lane loop around Cary."

    Can this four-lane loop be converted into a moat so that it can truly be a "Containment Area for Relocated Yankees"?

  • Steve Crisp Aug 28, 2008

    Hold up. I was just on both Tryon and Evans not three weeks ago and both of them looked like war zones. How did they pull that one off?

  • Just the facts mam Aug 28, 2008

    I love the Maynard Road widening - now that I see it I wish it had been done years ago as it is so nice. The only problem is going to be the speed limit - I just drove on this road and saw an unmarked police car had someone pulled over, and the last time I was on the road a few days ago a different unmarked car was after someone to pull them over. It is going to be hard to go 35mph on this road, so I am sure I will be one of the people receiving a ticket someday on this road, as apparently the police are watching it alreday. 35mph is I believe a reasonable speed limit here, but I hope Cary Police are a little forgiving on this road.

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